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Special Issue "Applications of Sentinel Satellite for Geohazards Prevention"

A special issue of Remote Sensing (ISSN 2072-4292). This special issue belongs to the section "Remote Sensing in Geology, Geomorphology and Hydrology".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (1 June 2019)

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Nicola Casagli

Department of Earth Sciences, University of Florence, Via La Pira 4, Florence, Italy
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Interests: geological hazards and ground instability; landslide monitoring; remote sensing data interpretation and validation; engineering geological characterization and modelling
Guest Editor
Dr. Oriol Monserrat

Centre Tecnològic de Telecomunicacions de Catalunya (CTTC), Remote Sensing Department, Division of Geomatics, Av. Gauss, 7 E-08860 Castelldefels (Barcelona), Spain
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Interests: remote sensing data processing; SAR data; SAR interferometry; geohazards monitoring; landslide mapping; building monitoring; land subsidence
Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Mahdi Motagh

Department of Geodesy, GFZ German Research Center for Geosciences, Potsdam, and Institute of Photogrammetry and GeoInformation, Leibniz University Hannover, Hannover, Germany
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Interests: radar remote sensing for geoscience and engineering applications, multitemporal InSAR time-series techniques, geophysical and numerical modeling of deformation processes
Guest Editor
Dr. Lorenzo Solari

Department of Earth Sciences, University of Firenze, Via La Pira 4, 50121 Firenze, Italy
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Phone: +390552757551
Interests: remote sensing data interpretation; geohazards monitoring; landslide mapping; building monitoring; land subsidence

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

In the last few decades, the increasing complexity of society and rapid and uncontrolled urbanization has led to an increase in geohazard-related economic and social losses. Considering hydrogeological events, their temporal repeatability and intensity are exacerbated by man-induced environmental transformations, as well as by global climate changes.

Nowadays, the use of Earth Observation products for geohazards prevention, mapping, and monitoring is well established in the scientific community and is being recognized as a valuable tool for risk management and reduction by administrative entities and civil protection authorities. Recent hydrogeological disasters in nations extremely exposed to geohazards have shown that, not only are civil and political society unprepared for catastrophes, but also that there is sometimes a lack of frequently-updated monitoring and forecasting data.

The launch of the Sentinel constellation (Sentinel-1 in 2014 and Sentinel-2 in 2015) by the European Space Agency opened new frontiers for forecasting, mapping and monitoring geohazards. This new constellation of radar and optical sensors has been specifically designed for civilian use, focusing on the scientific exploitation of images in the framework of the Copernicus service.

For the first time, a satellite constellation offers regularly acquired (every six and five days for Sentinel-1 and Sentinel-2, respectively) and free-to-use data to the large group of scientists interested in environmental analyses and risk management. The combination of short revisiting times, rapid product delivery (less than 3 hours) and a wide area coverage are ideally suited for implementing regional-scale monitoring strategies based on optical and radar Sentinel images or on a data fusion of both.

This Special Issue will focus on innovative algorithms, analytical approaches and procedures for Sentinel image exploitation. We encourage not only to submit technical issues, but also practical methodologies on the use and understanding of Sentinel-derived products outside the scientific community. Papers proposing the combination of optical and radar Sentinel data or data fusion approaches are also very welcome.

In particular, research papers are encouraged to cover a wide range of subjects, which may include, but are not limited to, the following topics:

  • Geohazards forecasting, mapping and monitoring using Sentinel satellites;
  • Vulnerability and risk assessment procedures based on Sentinel data;
  • Data fusion approaches for risk management and reduction;
  • Long-term monitoring services based on Sentinel data;
  • New image algorithms;
  • Innovative time series analysis.

Prof. Dr. Nicola Casagli
Dr. Oriol Monserrat
Prof. Dr. Mahdi Motagh
Dr. Lorenzo Solari
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • sentinel satellites
  • geohazards monitoring
  • natural hazard prevention
  • ground deformation

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The 2018 Mw 7.5 Palu Earthquake: A Supershear Rupture Event Constrained by InSAR and Broadband Regional Seismograms
Remote Sens. 2019, 11(11), 1330; https://doi.org/10.3390/rs11111330
Received: 4 April 2019 / Revised: 16 May 2019 / Accepted: 29 May 2019 / Published: 3 June 2019
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The 28 September 2018 Mw 7.5 Palu earthquake occurred at a triple junction zone where the Philippine Sea, Australian, and Sunda plates are convergent. Here, we utilized Advanced Land Observing Satellite-2 (ALOS-2) interferometry synthetic aperture radar (InSAR) data together with broadband regional seismograms [...] Read more.
The 28 September 2018 Mw 7.5 Palu earthquake occurred at a triple junction zone where the Philippine Sea, Australian, and Sunda plates are convergent. Here, we utilized Advanced Land Observing Satellite-2 (ALOS-2) interferometry synthetic aperture radar (InSAR) data together with broadband regional seismograms to investigate the source geometry and rupture kinematics of this earthquake. Results showed that the 2018 Palu earthquake ruptured a fault plane with a relatively steep dip angle of ~85°. The preferred rupture model demonstrated that the earthquake was a supershear event from early on, with an average rupture speed of 4.1 km/s, which is different from the common supershear events that typically show an initial subshear rupture. The rupture expanded rapidly (~4.1 km/s) from the hypocenter and propagated bilaterally towards the north and south along the strike direction during the first 8 s, and then to the south. Four visible asperities were ruptured during the slip pulse propagation, which resulted in four significant deformation lobes in the coseismic interferogram. The maximum slip of 6.5 m was observed to the south of the city of Palu, and the total seismic moment released within 40 s was 2.64 × 1020 N·m, which was equivalent to Mw 7.55. Our results shed some light on the transtensional tectonism in Sulawesi, given that the 2018 Palu earthquake was dominated by left-lateral strike slip (slip maxima is 6.2 m) and that some significant normal faulting components (slip maxima is ~3 m) were resolved as well. Full article
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Coseismic Deformation Field of the Mw 7.3 12 November 2017 Sarpol-e Zahab (Iran) Earthquake: A Decoupling Horizon in the Northern Zagros Mountains Inferred from InSAR Observations
Remote Sens. 2018, 10(10), 1589; https://doi.org/10.3390/rs10101589
Received: 26 August 2018 / Revised: 21 September 2018 / Accepted: 25 September 2018 / Published: 3 October 2018
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The study of crustal deformation fields caused by earthquakes is important for a better understanding of seismic hazard and growth of geological structures in tectonically active areas. In this study, we present, using interferometric measurements constructed from Sentinel-1 Terrain Observation with Progressive Scan [...] Read more.
The study of crustal deformation fields caused by earthquakes is important for a better understanding of seismic hazard and growth of geological structures in tectonically active areas. In this study, we present, using interferometric measurements constructed from Sentinel-1 Terrain Observation with Progressive Scan (TOPS) data and ALOS-2 ScanSAR, coseismic deformation and source model of the Mw 7.3, 12 November 2017 earthquake that hit northwest of the Zagros Mountains in the region between Iran–Iraq border. This was one of the strongest seismic events to hit this region in the past century, and it resulted in an uplift area of about 3500 km2 between the High Zagros Fault (HZF) and Mountain Front Fault (MFF) with a maximum amount of 70 cm south of Miringe fault. A subsidence over an area of 1200 km2 with a maximum amount of 35 cm occurred near Vanisar village at the hanging wall of the HZF. Bayesian inversion of interferometric synthetic aperture radar (InSAR) observations suggests a source model at a depth between 14 and 20 km that is consistent with the existence of a decoupling horizon southwest edge of the northern portion of the Zagros Mountains near the MFF. Moreover, we present evidence for a number of coseismically induced rockslides and landslides, the majority of them which occurred along or close to pre-existing faults, causing decorrelation in differential interferograms. Exploiting the offset-tracking technique, we estimated surface motion by up to 34 and 10 m in horizontal and vertical directions, respectively, due to lateral spreading on a big coseismic-induced landslide near Mela-Kabod. Field observations also revealed several zones of en echelon fractures and crack zones developed along a pre-existing fault passing through Qasr-e Shirin City, which exhibited secondary surface slip by up to 14 cm along its strike. Full article
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Coherence Difference Analysis of Sentinel-1 SAR Interferogram to Identify Earthquake-Induced Disasters in Urban Areas
Remote Sens. 2018, 10(8), 1318; https://doi.org/10.3390/rs10081318
Received: 16 June 2018 / Revised: 13 August 2018 / Accepted: 16 August 2018 / Published: 20 August 2018
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This study proposes a workflow that enables the accurate identification of earthquake-induced damage zones by using coherence image pairs of the Sentinel-1 satellite before and after an earthquake event. The workflow uses interferometric synthetic aperture radar (InSAR) processing to account for coherence variations [...] Read more.
This study proposes a workflow that enables the accurate identification of earthquake-induced damage zones by using coherence image pairs of the Sentinel-1 satellite before and after an earthquake event. The workflow uses interferometric synthetic aperture radar (InSAR) processing to account for coherence variations between coseismic and preseismic image pairs. The coherence difference between two image pairs is useful information to detect specific disasters in a regional-scale area after an earthquake event. To remove background effects such as the atmospheric effect and ordinal surface changes, this study employs the two-step threshold method to develop the coseismic coherence difference (CCD) map for our analyses. Thirty-four Sentinel-1 images between January 2015 and February 2016 were collected to process 30 preseismic image pairs and two coseismic image pairs for assessing multiple types of disasters in Tainan City of southwestern Taiwan, where severe damages were observed after the Meinong earthquake event. The coseismic unwrapping phases were further calculated to estimate the surface displacement in east-west and vertical directions. Results in the CCD map agree well with the observations from post-earthquake field surveys. The workflow can accurately identify earthquake-induced land subsidence and surface displacements, even for areas with insufficient geological data or for areas that had been excluded from the liquefaction potential map. In addition, the CCD details the distribution of building damages and structure failures, which might be useful information for emergency actions applied to regional-scale problems. The conversion of 2D surface displacement reveals the complex behavior of geological activities during the earthquake. In the foothill area of Tainan City, the opposite surface displacements in local areas might be influenced by the axis activities of the Kuanmiao syncline. Full article
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